Sunset is one of the sights awaited by tourists when on vacation to Pulau Merah beach that presents a beautiful moment. This beach, which is located in Sumberagung Village, Pesanggaran District, Banyuwangi Regency, provides an unforgettable twilight experience. The orange sky surrounded by blue clouds at dusk makes this beach the target of photographers and domestic tourists from all over Indonesia.
White crystal sand combined with a beautiful small island creates a dramatic effect when dusk falls on the beach of this Pulau Merah. With an entrance ticket price of 10 thousand rupiah per person, this beach is a paradise for twilight hunters.
The waves on this beach of Pulau Merah are quite high, ranging from 3-5 meters and areappropriate for surfing sports lovers. According to the local residents, tourists from France, Germany, and Australia often visit this place. In addition, Pulau Merah is also more easily accessible with smooth road conditions and close to residential areas. This beach, which does not have a lot of corals, is also safer for surfers. The perfect roll of the waves on this beach gave the idea for the Regent of Banyuwangi, Abdullah Azwar Anas to hold an international surfing competition in 2013 which was attended by 25 participants from 20 countries and approximately 100 local surfers from various regions in Indonesia.
The Pulau Merah area, which was badly damaged by the tsunami in 1990, is now a popular tourism destination that is able to attract 4.000 tourists per day. The name Pulau Merah itself refers to a small hill on the beach which has a height of about 200 meters. The hill has red soil and is covered by green vegetation. So, it doesn't really look like its true color. This hill can be accessed at low tide. On Pulau Merah itself, visitors can find a lot of homestays. The price is also relatively dependent on the facilities in the homestay. There are cheap ones for backpackers, such as villa-class complete with ac and TV. Along the beach, there are also guesthouses or some kinds of huts for relaxation with family. Complete enough right? Amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the manager of Pulau Merah Beach also applies strict health protocols for its visitors. So, it's a good idea to prepare all the necessary health documents before going on vacation to the Pulau Merah beach.
Jepa (or read Yepa) is a typical food of the Mandar Tribe, West Sulawesi. This food is inherited from generation to generation. Jepa is round in shape and made of cassava and grated coconut which is cooked on a special pan made of clay (panjepangan). The local people of Mandar call it, "Pizza Mandar", because of its flat round shape. In addition to being a daily food, Jepa is also a provision for the Mandar people who make a living as fishermen when they go to sea.
The Mandar tribe recognizes 3 types of Jepa, namely Jepa katong, Jepa golla mamea, and Jepa-jepa. Jepa katong is a type of Jepa made from sago; Jepa golla mamea is a Jepa made with a mixture of palm sugar or brown sugar, and Jepa-jepa with smaller sizes.Jepa-jepa is usually prepared for fishing, because it is smaller in size and sufficient as a substitute for rice. To make Jepa, the peeled cassava is then grated and squeezed until the juice comes out. The cassava pulp is then sifted and mixed with grated coconut mixture. This dough in the form of cassava and grated coconut is then cooked using panjepangan (a special pan made of clay) on a wood-burning stove.
When eaten, Jepa tastes so delicious. This culinary is very delicious when eaten with bau peapi, namely a typical Mandar fish dish. The fish used are usually tuna, skipjack or milkfish, cooked using various spices and using a clay cauldron. It tastes sour and savory. Besides being enjoyed with Bau peapi, Jepa is also delicious eaten with Tuing Tuing Tapa or grilled flying fish. But, there are also those who enjoy Japan by adding palm sugar in the middle, so that when eaten, it will cause a sweet taste sensation. If the pandemic is over and you travel to West Sulawesi, don't forget to taste this typical Mandar cuisine. It's not difficult to find it in various restaurants there. The price is also relatively cheap, about Rp 5000 per 3 pieces.
Ponorogo is one of regencies in the East Java Province of Indonesia. There are many tourism attractions that are well known and less popular here. One of the tourism attractions that is less popular is Mlaten Waterfall. It is named Mlaten Waterfall because it is located in Mlaten Hamlet, Temon Village, Sawoo District. Besides being known as Mlaten Waterfall, the local people also call this waterfall by the name of Kali Kokok Waterfall, because it is located in the Kokok River flow.
The water flow at Mlaten Falls depends on the rainfall. If the rainfall is high, the water discharge will be heavy and makes the waterfall beautiful. But in the dry season, the flow of water is very small so that the water discharge is small and of course, makes the waterfall less beautiful. This waterfall has a height of only about 20 meters. However, this Kokok waterfall has its own characteristics. The shape and texture of the rocks flowing with water and the layout of the rocks are so interesting. Visitors can enjoy the sound of the waterfall gurgling, the view of the green hills and the expanse of rice fields like a green rug while sitting on the rocks around this waterfall. In addition to the beautiful scenery, the Kokok or Mlaten waterfall is unique. There is a small cave above where water flows from downstream.
To get to the location of the Kokok waterfall is not too difficult. From Ponorogo, visitors just follow the directions. They have to pay attention if they want to visit Kokok Waterfall. It is recommended to come during the rainy season where the intensity of the rain is rare. In addition, they also have to be careful if it rains suddenly. Because, landslides may occur during the rain.
Traveling to many places cannot be done freely amid the Covid-19 pandemic. If the condition is better, and even the pandemic is over, just make a plan of your trip to one of Indonesia's super priority destinations, namely Lake Toba in North Sumatra. Not only the beauty of the lake, but also a variety of typical culinary delights you can enjoy. One of them is Tipipa. Tipatipa is a typical snack of the people of Toba Samosir Regency. Its texture is like cereal or oats. This culnary is made from flaked rice.
To make Tipatipa, young paddy is soaked for two nights. After going through the two nights of soaking, the paddy is drained and then roasted (fried without oil) until it reaches a certain level of maturity. While the paddy is still hot, the roasted rice is pounded. Therefore, the name Tipa-tipa is because the meaning of Tipa-tipa is pounded repeatedly. After being pounded, the rice is cleaned from the skin by winnowing, after cleaning the rice is ready to eat.
Tipatipa is usually eaten with a mixture of grated coconut and added a little sugar or salt according to individual tastes. When it is eaten, the aroma of these types is very distinctive and is felt when eaten. Tipatipa is a snack made before the harvest season to show gratitude for the sustenance given by the Creator. Now, Tipipa has become one of the local community's creative industry products that are often used as souvenirs. The price of Tiptipa is also relatively affordable. The price is Rp. 20,000 to Rp. 30,000 per pack.
When the pandemic is over and you can travel to Indonesia, try to visit the city of Medan in North Sumatra. Besides rich in beautiful tourism objects, the city of Medan is also rich in its culinary specialties. One of them is Kentut Rice.The name may sound strange, but this one food is delicious and healthy. This Medan specialty is named Kentut rice or in English means fart rice, because there is a unique spice in it, namely sembukan leaves or known as kentut leaves among the local community. Sembukan leaves or in Latin is called Paederia foetida.It is a wild plant in the open nature like a shrub. It is called kentut leaves because it has unpleasant smell similar to the smell of human’s fart.
In addition to using sembukan leaves, to make kentut rice, rice is also processed with other spices such as turmeric. Then this rice is cooked by being wrapped in banana leaves and then steamed or baked until cooked. After that, the aroma is so appetizing.Kentut rice is very delicious when eaten with a variety of side dishes. There are various choices of side dishes from anchovies, spicy potatoes, pepes oncom which is a steamed or grilled fermented soybean paste wrapped in banana leaves, stir-fried vegetables to fried chicken. And do not miss sambal terasi or shrimp paste sauce or green chili sauce as a complement. To make it more delicious, you can make kentut leaves as lalapan. Lalapan is fresh vegetables which are eaten raw.
Besides being delicious, kentut rice is also rich in benefit because it uses kentut leaves as one of the main ingredients. This leaf has so many benefits such as treating all problems related to stomach and as a herbal medicine to cure smallpox (Herpes Zoster). It is also proven to relieve symptoms of heartburn such as canker sores, sore throat and chapped lips as well as improve blood circulation.For those of you who are interested in enjoying kentut rice, it is not difficult to find it in the city of Medan, North Sumatra. The price is also quite cheap, only around Rp10,000 to Rp15,000 per serving, depending on the side dish you choose. So, don't hesitate to enjoy kentut rice when you visit Medan in North Sumatra.
The Sewu Mountains are the largest tropical karst area in Southeast Asia. This area is administratively included in the territory of 3 provinces, namely Gunung Kidul Regency, Yogyakarta Special Region Province, Pacitan Regency, East Java Province; and Wonogiri Regency, Central Java Province. The Sewu mountain range was formed due to the lifting of the bottom of the sea thousands of years ago, where the presence of limestone is a characteristic of these mountains. These mountains have a very unique karst landscape, which is characterized by the presence of phenomena on the surface (exokarst) and below the surface (endokarst). Because of the uniqueness of its ecosystem, in 1993 the International Union of Speleology proposed that the Sewu Mountain Karst Area is included as one of the world's natural heritages. Finally, in September 2015, UNESCO designated the Sewu Mountains area as one of the world's geo-park areas.
The inauguration of the Sewu Mountains as Gunung Sewu Unesco Global Geopark at a symposium in Totton City, Japan, on September 19th, 2015, brought positive changes to the world of tourism and research in Indonesia, especially in the Sewu Mountains area. Gunung Sewu Geo-park has the Nglanggeran Ancient Volcano which is located in Nglanggeran Village, Patuk District, Gunung Kidul Regency, which is located in the Baturagung Mountain range. This mountain is an ancient volcano that was formed about 0.6-70 million years ago. To climb the top of the Nglanggeran Ancient Volcano takes about two hours. If departing in the afternoon, tourists can enjoy the sunset from its peak. There are two forests in Gunung Sewu Geopark, namely Wanagama Forest located in Banaran Village, Playen District, and Derivative Tourism Forest located in Girisuko Village, Panggang District. Both are included in the Gunungkidul Regency, Yogyakarta Special Region Province.
In the Gunung Sewu Geopark, there are also several valleys, such as the Sadeng Dry Valley – or Bengawan Solo Purba, located in Pucung Village, Girisubo District, Gunungkidul Regency. Its hilly and winding terrain makes this area be often visited by tourists who like downhill cycling. Then, there is also the Mulo Karst Valley which is located in Mulo Village, Wonosari District, Gunungkidul Regency. In addition, there are several waterfalls that can be found in this valley, such as Sri Gethuk Waterfall located in Bleberan Village, Playen District, Gunungkidul Regency and a waterfall located on the banks of the Oyo River. To enjoy the beauty of this waterfall, you have to go down the river by raft. In the dry season, the water looks clear blue. The water that falls from the 25 meter high cliff comes from three springs, namely Ngandong, Dong Poh, and Ngumbul springs. In the Gunung Sewu Geopark area there are also several caves such as Jomblang Cave, Pindul Cave, Kali Suci Cave, and Cokro Cave. Tourist activities such as caving and tubing can be done here. In this cave we will find a very enchanting view of the stalagmites and stalactites. You must enter the cave with the help of a tour guide to ensure safety. Another uniqueness of the Sewu mountains is that it is not far from the beach. There are several famous beaches in this area such as Baron Beach which is known as one of the most challenging fishing spots in Indonesia. Meanwhile, Wediombo Beach is popular as a surfing spot because of its powerful waves. For those of you who want to have an adventure, of course, this Mount Sewu tourism destination is the right place for anyone to visit.
Tetebatu Village in Masbagik District, East Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) is the representative of Indonesia in the Best Tourism Village UNWTO (United Nation World Tourism Organization) 2021 event. The participation of the Tetebatu tourism village has been confirmed after completing all the required competition documents and being registered through the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy. Chairperson of the Tourism Village Association, West Nusa Tenggara, Ahyak Aminuddin explained that Tetebatu is worthy of representing Indonesia in the event because it is the initial milestone in the establishment of a tourism village in East Lombok. Tetebatu village has been a tourism village since the Dutch era. The location is under Mount Rinjani with an altitude of about 700 meters above sea level. In the past, the Europeans who first came to Mataram used it as a place to rest, because of its coolness and tranquility. To get to the village, tourists have to take about 1.5 hours by motor vehicles from the downtown of Mataram City or 2 hours from Lombok International Airport.
To visit the tourism village of Tetebatu, as far as the eye can see, you will see the residents' rice fields. Located at the foot of Mount Rinjani, Tetebatu offers a quiet and cool rural where visitors can walk around the village through the green rice fields while enjoying its beautiful nature. If anyone loves photography, please visit this place in the afternoon to take a picture of the atmosphere from dusk to sunset with the stunning background of Mount Rinjani. In addition to enjoying the views of rice fields and mountains, visitors can also do bird watching and visit the monkey forest. There are also interesting tourism attractions to visit, such as Ulem-Ulem Waterfall, Swallow Bird Waterfall, Kokok Duren Waterfall, Seme Deye Waterfall, and Jeruk Manis Waterfall. The journey to the waterfall will pass through the village area and terraced rice fields.
In Tetebatu, visitors can also walk around the village and see plantations owned by the local people, such as coffee, cacao, cloves, and vanilla. Tetebatu is also known as a village with horticultural plantations. One of its mainstay commodities is nutmeg, one of which is processed into candied fruit for souvenirs. Tetebatu is also one of the unofficial hiking routes to Mount Rinjani. If visitors want to climb to Mount Rinjani with a different view, they can use this route. However, climbing the route in Tetebatu is not allowed to reach the peak of the mountain.Because it has been designated as a tourism area for a long time, Tetebatu has already provided lodging and homestays at residents' homes.
Saluopa Waterfall is located in Tonusu village, Pamona Puselemba, Poso Regency, Central Sulawesi. It is about 54 kilometers southeast of Poso Regency. Saluopa Waterfall is also known as Saluopa Water Slide. Because the Saluopa waterfall has a spring from the mountains, which is very clear and slides down from the top of the mountain. The height of the Saluopa waterfall is approximately 25 meters. This waterfall passes through 12 levels of mountain rock that flows down to the lowest level which ends in a small river in the village of Leboni.
Saluopa waterfall is very clear and clean so that the rocks that are passed by the flow of the waterfall will be seen very clearly. The stairs are made of stone, but even though they have been exposed to rain and are mossy, they are not slippery so that visitors can still use them as access to other levels of the waterfall. Stairs made of stone can also be used to take pictures. Sometimes, visitors can witness a very beautiful rainbow between the waterfalls. At the Saluopa waterfall tourism attraction, they can find not only a variety of fauna, but also a very beautiful natural panorama of tropical forests with fresh air.
If visitors are from Tentena City and want to visit Saluopa waterfall, they can use public or personal transportation which takes half an hour to get to the waterfall location. Afterwards, they can continue the journey to the location by walking about 500 meters. Indeed, the journey is little exhausting, but arriving at the location and seeing the beautiful Saluopa waterfall, visitors will feel relaxed and admired to witness the location. If someone plans to visit the Saluopa Waterfall tourism attraction and wants to stay overnight, it is recommended to stay in Tentena City, because there are no lodging facilities around the Saluopa Waterfall tourism attraction.
If you travel to Yogyakarta, you have to visit the Watu Goyang tourism attraction. The attraction of this tourism spot has beautiful sunset panorama. It is named Watu Goyang, because in the past, there was once a rock at the top which was able to sway if it was touched or pushed. The rock has existed for about hundreds of years. The location of the tourism attraction is in Giriloyo Hamlet, Mangunan Village, Dlingo sub-district, Bantul Regency, Yogyakarta. The distance is approximately 21 kilometers from Yogyakarta City. It takes about one hour to reach the area by motor vehicles.
You can see the natural scenery which is still green and the natural scenery of Mount Merapi if you travel to Watu Goyang. Being at the peak of the area, you will feel the cool air temperature, particularly in the morning. If you come to Watu Goyang in the morning, you can see the fog like the land above the clouds, but unfortunately visitors cannot see the beautiful sunrise perfectly. Then if you go to Watu Goyang in the afternoon, you will see a beautiful view above the western peak of the sky where the sun sets perfectly because Watu Goyang Peak is located directly to the west. Moreover, from the top of the peak, you can clearly see the expanse of lowlands, starting from the downtown of Yogyakarta on the northwest side to the south to Bantul Regency from Watu Goyang.
Traveling to Watu Goyang, you can also visit the beautiful flower gardens in this natural tourism. At this place, the expanse of sunflower gardens and other flowers also looks fresh. You can take selfie photos with this flower garden as background. In Watu Goyang, there are a lot of very good selfie spots to take photos. These instagrammable photo spots include sentry view post shaped like a helicopter, flower photo spots, and others. After the sun sets, the beauty at Watu Goyang is still going on. The sparkling lights of Bantul Regency and Yogyakarta City look so beautiful. The scenery is appropriate for the lovers of night photography.
If someone visits Polewali Bandar Regency in West Sulawesi, they are recommended to try to enjoy one of its special foods, namely Golla Kumbu. The typical snack is sweet and sticky. The main ingredients of the typical food are glutinous rice, young coconut, roasted peanuts and brown sugar. When it has been processed, Golla Kambu is wrapped in dry banana leaves. With its uniqueness, Golla Kambu can last a long time even though it does not use preservatives.
When eaten, Golla Kambu gives a sweet taste sensation and also a savory taste from peanuts and grated coconut. It tastes even more delicious, when accompanied by a glass of fresh tea or coffee. During the month of Ramadan, this snack is often served as a complement to the iftar menu because its sweet taste is believed to be able to restore energy after a day of enduring thirst and hunger. Thereby in the month of fasting, the demand for Golla Kambu usually increases many times compared to normal days.
Golla Kambu can be found and enjoyed every day at a number of traditional food centers in Polewali, the central government of the Polman. The famous Golla Kambu production center is in the Botto area, which is on the edge of the Polman road to Majene. At Botto, Golla Kambu is sold as a typical Mandar souvenir. It is usually offered to tourists in the form of plastic wraps containing 8 to 10 small packs. In this one plastic package, sellers usually offer it at a price between Rp. 10,000 to Rp. 20,000. To attract more buyers, the makers of Gallo Kambu have also started creating their products with durian flavour. This creation is called Baje durian with a higher price than the original Golla Kambu. Golla Kambu can also be purchased at the Small and Medium Business Gallery Center, owned by the Office of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives, Polman Regency Government, which is located on Jalan Andi Tepu, Polewali District. The location of the sales center for SME products is about 1 kilometer from the Polman Central Market or 5 kilometers from the Tipalayo Main Terminal.